John Irving (basketball)

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John Irving
Personal information
Born May 24, 1953
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College Arizona (1972–1973)
Hofstra (1974–1977)
Position Power forward / Center
Career highlights and awards

John Irving is a retired American college basketball player best known for his career at Hofstra, which lasted from 1974–75 to 1976–77. He also spent one season (1972–73) at Arizona before transferring.[1] Irving, a 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), 215-lb (98 kg) power forward/center, recorded 1,018 points and 1,186 rebounds during his three-year career at Hofstra.[2] He holds career per-game averages of 13.2 points and 15.4 rebounds at the school, and is the last Hofstra player to average a double-digit number of rebounds in three consecutive seasons.[2] He led NCAA Division I in rebounding during his sophomore year of 1974–75 with a 15.3 per-game average.[3] Irving was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams, and after he graduated was selected in the third round (58th overall) by the Detroit Pistons in the 1977 NBA draft, although he never played in the league.[4] Previously, he was also selected by the Phoenix Suns in the ninth round (150th overall) in 1976. He is still only one of two players in Hofstra University history to accumulate both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds during his career (Bill Thieben is the other), and has been honored as an inductee in the school's Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2011 class.[2]

After college, Irving played for Manila (Philippines) and Anderlecht (Belgium), before playing three years in Israel for Elitzur and Betar Tel Aviv. He then moved to England for a year before playing for Ahrend Donar in the Netherlands.[5]

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  1. ^ "John Irving". TheDraftReview. 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "ATH: Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Announced". Hofstra University. November 12, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "NBA Draft Picks From Hofstra University". Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ Mulder, Henk; Smeets, Mart (editor). Basketball Jaarboek 1986/87 (in Dutch). pp. 104–107.